He’s French, he’s in love and he stinks. Of course, we’re talking about Pepé Le Pew, the famously accented Looney Tunes skunk who strolls around Paris looking for beautiful women. Well, it seems that everyone’s favorite lovelorn skunk is going to be coming to the big screen and that he’ll be voiced not by the late Mel Blanc, but instead by none other than the current man of a thousand voices, Mike Myers. Warner Brothers is developing a film based on Pepé where he and the girl of his dreams, Penelope Pussycat, would be CG characters and everyone else would be real. Hit the jump for more on this turn of events and to see a video of what Pepé Le Pew means in today’s popular culture.
Posted on Sunday, December 20th, 2009 by Brendon Connelly
I was a little surprised when a solo movie vehicle for interplanetary Looney Tune zealot Marvin the Martian was announced but that was some time ago and since then, I assumed it was dying a slow death out in the cold. Not so, apparently and Alex Zamm, director of the upcoming Bevery Hills Chihuahua 2 and previously attached to a Hong Kong Phooey adaptation, has been tapped to take on directing duties.
The only one of Zamm’s movies that I’ve actually seen was Inspector Gadget 2, which he also co-wrote, and I have to say that I don’t remember it very favourably. Maybe he’s come on in leaps and bounds since then? I certainly share this love of cartoons he’s apparently indulging, and I respect his desire to elasticise some live action movies into toon territory.
It’s been so long since the Marvin movie was last talked about I’m a little surprised they’ve kept the original story premise. It’s a bad one too.
DreamWorks Animation has premiered the first photos from Shrek Forever After in Wednesday’s edition of USA Today. One of them can be seen above, the other (of Donkey), can be seen in the linked article. There are a bunch of new tidbits revealed in the article, including the story details, information of when we can expect the first trailer and new casting. We’ve rounded up all the tiny details, after the jump.
The Weinstein Co today sent out a press release announcing last week’s start of production on Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming WWII film Inglourious Basterds. You might notice that both words are misspelled, much like the early screenplay that got leaked onto the internet a few months back. That is the official title of the film, likely in an attempt to distinguish itself from the 1978 Enzo Castellari film which inspired Tarantino.
You can read the full press release after the jump, which features a full cast and crew listing. New additions to the cast list include: Omar Doom and Michael Bacall (from Death Proof), Julie Dreyfus (Sophie Fatale from Kill Bill), Cloris Leachman (from The Mary Tyler Moore Show), and many others. Photo above thanks to Tarantino Archives. It is also worth mentioning that an Inglourious Basterds poster has again begun to circulate the internet movie sites. It has the wrong title spelling, so I’m pretty sure it’s fan created.
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Posted on Thursday, August 14th, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
Tarantino Archives is reporting that Mike Myers has been cast in a small role in Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming war film Inglorious Bastards.
Update: Variety later confirmed that Myers will British General Ed French, “a military mastermind who takes part in hatching a plot to wipe out Nazi leaders.”
It’s interesting to note the comedic casting choices so far: Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead), BJ Nowak (The Office), and some also might argue that Eli Roth has a comic delivery.
Adam Sandler was also long rumored to be in line for a role in the film. However, Sandler confirmed to RTE that he was offered a part but regretfully had to decline due to a schedule conflict with the upcoming Judd Apatow’s comedy.
What do you think of Mike Myers being cast in a Tarantino movie? I’m convinced that Myer’s best days are behind him but maybe Tarantino sees something I don’t.
Following the epic disaster that was The Love Guru, Mike Myers is going back to well and is writing a fourth Austin Powers movie with Baby Mama‘s Mike McCullers. According to Nikki Finke, the story will be “very personal with a father and son theme loosely based on his own life.” That’s right, the story will focus on the father son relationship of Dr. Evil and his son Scott Evil, played in the films by Seth Green. I always found Dr. Evil to be the most interesting aspect of the series. But I think they have played out the character in the two sequels, and I’m very skeptical that Myers can create a funny fourth film without having to resort to cheap laughs like tons of celebrity cameos.
No studio deal is in place, but it’s a sequel and I’m sure New Line/Warner Bros will quickly give it a greenlight. But the real question is: has Mike Myers lost it? And more importantly to the movie studios, is Myers still a box office draw? I think the Austin Powers brand still has enough juice to attact audiences, at least one last time.
Okay may-be not. But Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reunited as Wayne and Garth for the first time in probably 15 years. The duo appeared in a new Wayne’s World segment on the MTV Movie Awards last night. They counted down the top 10 porno names based on hit movies in 2008. Watch the clip below.
I know Wayne’s World 2 was pretty bad, but watching this makes me wonder why Mike Myers is making even crappier-looking movies (ie The Love Guru) instead of Wayne’s World 3. And besides, what is Dana Carvey doing these days? But that also brings up the question, do kids these days even know who Wayne and Garth are?
Posted on Friday, April 25th, 2008 by Hunter Stephenson
Â Earlier this month, Slashfilm reluctantly posted its first item involving the supermodel Gisele Bundchen. Rumors were spreading via Boston.com that she was being sought for the female lead in an unannounced Austin Powers 4, and was currently reading the script, meeting with Myers et al. As with many things in life, when something seems off, you should call up Seth Green aka Scott Evil for a sarcastic brush of the hand and that’s exactly what MTV did. Here’s how Green summed up the rumors…
“Giselleâ€¦the model??” he exclaimed.
Green went on to say that there’s no script and that any recent AP4 “news” probably arrives from “off-hand” quotes attributed to Mike Myers during press rounds. He also points out that a fragmented New Line probably doesn’t have a sequel on the corporate brain right now.
Grooooovy Fantastic news. Now if Green would only gave a loud pfffft to The Love Guru being a reality and confirm that it’s just another schtick-laden napmare, we’d be in the clear.
Posted on Sunday, April 13th, 2008 by Hunter Stephenson
Those new softcore teen ads for Gossip Girl have introduced your mag-loving aunt to “OMFG” (unless she reads EW, where it’s the same image with “OMG”) but that acronym is not appropriate for Austin Powers 4. I’m going to suggest PGN (please god no for EW) and PFGN for everyone else who cannot withstand hearing “Oh, behave!” slither out of Mike Myers‘s signature character’s toothy piehole 400 more times. Boston.com reports that a script is currently out to model Gisele Bundchen for the role of the female lead in Austin Powers 4. Moreover, the site reports that her agent will soon discuss the deal with Myers and director Jay Roach (Austin Powers 1-3, Meet the Fockers). Trustworthy? Meh. Scary? Yes.
Nearly a year ago we reported that Myers was considering a solo Dr. Evil flick. With a virtual nickelodeon of superheroes floating into and out of the multiplex over the years (and for the years ahead), a Dr. Evil spin-off has potential to tap into and aggressively spoof the neglected psyche of today’s cheesy, ubiquitous supervillian. This movie could work, especially if Austin Powers was killed off in the first 10 minutes, leaving Evil and his heir to wither in midlife and quarterlife crises respectively. But Austin + Gisele + the word “randy” = PFGN. Three films more than did the kitsch trick, thank you.
Discuss: Is it just us? Is Austin Powers 4 a groooovy idea? Would you rather see Dr. Evil: An Evil Movie, or see Myers put these two characters and their New Line franchise on ice for 10 more years?
Hey guys, I’m still in Austin Texas at South By South West, but /Film Reader Dustin R is in Las Vegas at ShoWest, and sent us this report from the DreamWorks/Paramount event:
Hey you guys,
I was able to attend the ShoWest event last night at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, NV to see a pre-release version of Kung Fu Panda. You probably heard about it, and it wasn’t that big enough to post on the site. But this mini-event was pretty amazing, if gave the public probably a few hundred people along with industry reps to see roughly 95% of Kung Fu Panda in it’s completed form. The film looks brilliant; they really pushed it all the way this time, although some things seem to need a little tweaking here and there. The voice acting is great, Jack Black does a great job as well as Dustin Hoffman. But the secondary characters voiced by Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, and David Cross don’t have much dialogue in the film, which makes their characters feel empty and lifeless in the voice acting and animation part.
This movie is really great though, they nailed the Kung Fu part by fusing a dash of japanese animation for the intro, and adding brilliant kung fu moves throughout the movie which is amazing to see when everything is so fluent and animated.
Another great thing about this event is that before they showed Kung Fu Panda, Jeffrey Katzenberg showed up to give a brief introduction about the small past of their animation movies. With that said, he brought up the movie Shrek, and without further announcement Mr. Mike Myers came out on stage to talk about his movie the Love Guru which stars Mike Myers, Jessica Alba and Justin Timberlake. And as soon as Mike Myers brought up Jessica’s name, their she came out on stage, looking pregnant and gorgeous as always.
He showed a few clips of his movie which I have to say was sort of disappointing in my mind. All the clips had humor in them, but the jokes didn’t seem to hold up, which is rare for a Mike Myers film. It seemed like a cheap comedy film. But we still have several months before its released so who knows what post production might do to the film. Although it is funny to see Justin Timberlake as a spanish person.
If you guys want anymore 411 on the special event hit me up.